FC Halifax Town: Draw a fair result, says Harvey

Jordan Burrow slides in on Gavin Rothery.'FC Halifax Town v Guiseley.  Vanarama National League.  5 December 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Jordan Burrow slides in on Gavin Rothery.'FC Halifax Town v Guiseley. Vanarama National League. 5 December 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Jim Harvey believes FC Halifax Town deserved a share of the spoils after Sam Walker’s late free-kick earned them a 1-1 draw against Guiseley at The Shay.

Anthony Dudley had given Guiseley the lead just after half-time before Walker’s superb set-piece with just over five minutes remaining.

Caretaker-manager Harvey said: “I think it was a fair result today.

“It was a great strike by Sam and we were glad to see that one go in.

“We found it difficult to play but they (Guiseley) knocked it around well.

“In midfield they’ve got some talented boys who play good football and we struggled with that on occasions.

“Although I think we created the best chances, we hit the woodwork a couple of times.

“There was lots of effort and commitment from our boys but maybe a little less guile in our approach play.”

Harvey felt Halifax never got into top gear during the game, but was pleased by the response he got after Guiseley’s goal.

“That put us in the position for the first time since I’ve been in charge of being 1-0 behind,” he said.

“Then you’re looking at the character, can you fight and claw your way back in here?

“A couple of weeks ago you’d have thought we’d end up losing by four or five but they didn’t, they battled away and hung in there.

“It was another little test for us and they stood up to that.

“The quality of the football has to improve, we have to be better in possession and certainly with regards to getting into the attacking third to create chances.

“It was a test for them, 1-0 down, against the wind, but they came out on top and well done to them.”

Harvey was frustrated to see Town hit the woodwork three times through Kieran Sadlier, Jordan Burrow and Scott McManus, but was particularly disappointed to see Burrow’s effort from five yards come back off the bar.

“He’s hit that too well,” said Harvey. “Hit the net and it’s a goal but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

“We’d expect Jordan to put that away.

“You wonder sometimes how you would miss that but that was the case today.

“But overall they put a lot of effort into it and to come from 1-0 down and stay in the game, get a point out of it is encouraging.”

Harvey said Keil O’Brien turned up feeling poorly before the game and went off feeling sick in the first-half.

That saw debutant Ben Clappison move to centre-back, and Harvey was satisfied with the Hull loanee’s contribution.

“Difficult for him coming in because he was pretty much playing in an unfamiliar role, we gave him a man-to-man marking job.

“He stuck to that OK for the first 15 minutes but he was probably more comfortable when he went back to centre-half.

“Then I think he stuck to his job pretty well. A good debut.”

Kevin Roberts and Matty Brown should return to training this week after injury prevented them from playing on Saturday, while Harvey also confirmed Jake Hibbs and Graham Hutchison, who had been on loan at Telford, will now stay with the club at least until the start of the January transfer window.

Richard Peniket is back in training and Harvey said the forward was “not a million miles away” from a return to first-team action.